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Announcement of Winners of the Contest for Female Entrepreneurs Support Efforts

December 18, 2018

Aiming to create new leading role models to support female entrepreneurs and also to disseminate such role models to other regions, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been conducting the Contest for Female Entrepreneurs Support Efforts program.

On December 12 (Wed.), 2018, METI held the FY2018 Contest for Female Entrepreneurs Support Efforts to recognize outstanding case examples of organizations engaging in efforts for supporting women in starting businesses. METI hereby announced that the winners were selected.

1. Background

Many women in Japan are facing challenges in finding a balance between life events and their careers. Starting businesses is an effective means for encouraging women to remain in, enter or re-enter the workforce. However, many women often face gender-based challenges in starting businesses when they wish to return to the work force after a period of maternity or child-rearing leave. Many of the challenges lie in processes that must be completed before they decide on, or begin preparations for starting a business.

To overcome this situation, in FY2016, METI launched the Network for Support Female Entrepreneurs project, aiming to support women in starting businesses. Under the project, METI established ten regional groups involved in the network across Japan. Each regional group is led by regional financial institutions, industrial and start-up support organizations, and private entities and NPOs engaging in female-career consulting services.

 

Along with operating an enhanced system to support women in the process before deciding on and preparing for starting a business, the network established a cross-regional support system for entrepreneurial women and has been providing thorough meticulous support services that meet their demands, for e.g., acting as a bridge between such women and financial institutions or organizations for supporting women in starting businesses, aiming to provide a network system in a secure manner to assist female entrepreneurs who have just started a business and are facing challenges in business growth.

METI held the FY2018 Contest for Support Female Entrepreneurs to recognize outstanding efforts for supporting female entrepreneurs by companies, NPOs and other support organizations that belong to the network. This contest aims to create new leading role models for supporting female entrepreneurs and also to disseminate such role models to other regions.

In the contest, five associations entering the Network Support Category and six associations entering the Individual Support Category delivered presentations, as finalists selected by the first examination (document screening). Based on the examination by an examination committee of external experts, winners of the Grand Award and the Excellence Award were selected. In addition, a winner of the Audience’s Award, which was established at this contest, was selected based on the votes by audience at the venue. METI gave recognition to the winners.

2. Winners of the contest

(1) Network Support Category

<Grand Award>

Presenter: Jimojoki.net Hakodate (Zigzag-sha, 710candle. and Image Connect Corporation)
Sapporo the Youth and Women Actions Association
Network group to which the presenter belongs: Hokkaido

<Excellence Award>

Presenter
(organization for supporting women in starting businesses)
Network group to which the presenter belongs
  • Fukushima Prefecture Venture Businesses, SOHOs, Teleworkers Collaborative Organization (NPO)
Tohoku
  • Bizhope
  • Secretariat of the Kanto-wide Network for Supporting Women in Starting Business
Kanto
  • Ishikawa Sunrise Industries Creation Organization
  • Toyama New Industry Organization
Hokuriku
  • Joe’s Cloud Computing, a company under SAKURA Internet Inc.
  • Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center
Kansai

(2) Individual Support Category

<Grand Award>

Presenter
(organization for supporting women in starting businesses)
Network group to which the presenter belongs
Yamanashi Chuo Bank Kanto
Eight Corporation Chubu
Child-rin Hiroshima (NPO) Chugoku

<Excellence Award>

Presenter
(organization for supporting women in starting businesses)
Network group to which the presenter belongs
Ishinomaki Revival Support Network (NPO) Tohoku
Osaka Shinkin Bank Kansai
Chokuan Inforation and Industry Development Association Kyushu

<Audience’s Award>

Presenter: Yamanashi Chuo Bank
Network group to which the presenter belongs: Kanto

Reference

Date and time: December 12 (Wed.), 2018; from 13:00 to 17:30
Venue: Travel Hub Mix on the first floor of Job Hub Square (building of the Headquarters of Pasona Group Inc.)
(Address: Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Program:
(1) Opening remarks
(2) Presentation by finalists on their efforts
(3) Commendation ceremony

Division in Charge

Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau